Chelsea Manning, who is serving 35 years in prison for releasing more than 600,000 military documents to WikiLeaks, is launching a hunger strike over her treatment behind bars.
Among other things, Manning said she's being denied medications for her gender dysphoria. Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley, announced she was female in 2013.
Her demands include that she receive all the "medically prescribed recommendations for her gender dysphoria." She's also demanding an end to the "high tech bullying" from prison and military officials.
Until she gets those things, Manning said she won't eat or drink anything except water and the medication she's currently prescribed. She also said she won't cut her hair.
Manning reportedly attempted to commit suicide in July, her attorneys said.
Chelsea asked for help via her Twitter account, and included a link to her full statement.
Here are a few quotes from her statement:
"Today, I have decided that I am no longer going to be bullied by this prisonor [sic] by anyone within the U.S. government. I have asked for nothing but the dignity and respect that I once actually believed would be provided for afforded to any living human being."
"I do not believe that this should be dependent on any arbitrary factors whether you are cisgender or transgender; service member or civilian, citizen or non-citizen. "
I expect that this ordeal will last for a long time. Quite possibly until my permanent incapacitation or death.
Manning said she intends to keep her protest "peaceful and non-violent," but does not want to be force-fed or resuscitated if she becomes incapacitated or dies from hunger.
"Until I am shown dignity and respect as a human again, I shall endure this pain before me. I am prepared for this mentally and emotionally."